USEF Suspends Glefke, Farmer
The U.S. Equestrian Federation Hearing Committee issued suspensions and fines January 1 to trainer Larry Glefke and hunter rider Kelley Farmer for violating USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Guidelines. Suspended for 24 months and fined $24,000, Glefke was identified as the trainer of Farmer’s horse, Unexpected, who tested positive for GABA, a Category IV substance that is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, or “calming supplement,” at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, July 28, 2016, in a PreGreen Hunter 3’3” class. Previously, Glefke had had violations for reserpine and the sedative acepromazine as well as for filing false medication report forms.
Farmer was suspended for 12 months and fined $12,000. Her prior reserpine violation was a factor in her suspension and fine. Neither Glefke nor Farmer attended the hearing or submitted witnesses or evidence in defense of the charges against them.
“We are focused on ensuring safety and fairness in equestrian sport,” said USEF CEO Bill Moroney. “The use of GABA in horses competing in USEF competitions compromises these priorities. Our Equine Drugs and Medications Program is designed to protect our horses as well as the participants who compete clean horses.”
Kelley Farmer was suspended for 12 months and fined $12,000 for doping.